I was wondering: Outside of the people you live with, do you let other people know about your collection? If yes, who and why? If no, why not?
To answer my own question, no one other than my BF (who lives with me) knows about my collection. He's fine with it, so long as it doesn't encroach on all the spaces (it's getting there, though!) or eat up all the money. I don't tell other people in my social circles, simply because I'm not around people who appreciate nerdy/geeky/anime things, at least not outwardly, and I don't want to deal with the judgypants attitude. (And yes, I'd put Pokemon into any of those categories.) In college (I went to a school that prides itself on its nerdiness), playing the games was socially acceptable and even encouraged, and having one or two plush or the pre-order figures for Diamond and Pearl and so forth was OK. Unfortunately, not so much after that.
I think there are a couple reasons for not telling other people that I collect Pokemon (or anything else, for that matter):
1) Pokemon is a franchise that (in the US) is largely aimed at kids, and what's someone older than 12 doing collecting its merch? (Especially the plush!)* Coupled to that, anime is still a pretty peripheral part of the the entertainment industry as a whole, and is considered "weird" and/or childish by a large number of people. The games are acceptable, for some reason, though.
2) No thanks to that Hoarders show (and others like it), I think there's some perception that anyone who collects anything is some kind of hoarder or is at the very least weird, because they (the observer, not the collector) don't see the value in whatever's being collected, or the point of sinking money into it. I think it's especially true when it's a collection of merch that's thought of as "kid's stuff," like comic books or Pokemon.
...I was going somewhere with this, I swear, but it's nearly 1:30 in the morning and I've run out of steam.
If you've got thoughts on the matter, I'd love to hear/read it!
*Note: I don't actually believe that, obviously.
Also, I have a new wants post, complete with pictures! (Clicky to see!)